Start With a Plan
Every garden, from colossal to cramped should begin on paper.
Your plan may need tweaking according to what's available and
what grows best in your area, but having a starting point will
save you time and money that might otherwise be wasted on mistakes.
Begin by measuring the garden you have or the area you would
like to transform. It's helpful to make a sketch of what you'd
like to see growing there, but first take a stroll around
the block to see what wows you in the neighborhood. These
are the plants that will do best in your garden. Impressed
with a neighbor's efforts? Why not introduce yourself and
ask for some advice, or ask if you can take a photo for inspiration?
Once you have an idea of what you want in your garden, you
can strive to make it happen on the cheap. Having some plants
in mind will help you keep an eye out for deals and, as with
any budget, having a list will prevent impulse purchases.
A perennial garden is a great return on investment, as it
provides blooms year after year. Note how much space your
chosen plants will need, both in height and width, when they
reach maturity. Choose plants that will keep your garden blooming
throughout the season. Remain open to different options but
have some general ideas as you picture your garden in full
Growing your own vegetables can lower your grocery bill, plus
there's nothing like the taste of vegetables straight from
the patch. It doesn't mean you have to dig up half the backyard.
Why not dot a few around the garden instead of investing in
annual bedding plants? Peas on a trellis, beets or salad greens
along a sunny border or potatoes in a deep planter look as
pretty in the garden as they do on your plate. Herbs are a
delicious addition as well. Chives, rosemary and thyme add
interest to your garden and spice up your meals, too.
A single plant may provide dozens of zucchini while
it brightens the garden with its beautiful blooms. Plant
it at the edge of a raised bed so it can loll over the